By Karen Shamon
A few weeks ago, I wrote about The Hand and Stone coming to Davis School and treating teachers to a massage for their mental health. Well, I’m happy to report that Davis School’s second grade tradition, Stress-Free Day, returned to offer the same assistance to our students.
I brought Stress-Free Day to Davis School in 2017. Since then, the Davis students have been given the opportunity to experience a relaxing day full of exercise for their minds and body.
In 2020, Stress-Free Day was offered remotely during the pandemic. It was a good substitute at the time, but having in-person volunteers makes the day special!
Stress-Free Day started at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 5. In between a snack, lunch, and a recess break, students enjoyed a range of activities from action-packed karate facilitated by Brianna Attardo from Callahan’s Karate in Bedford to a peaceful time experiencing yoga with Bonnie McCulloch and bracelet-making with Sarah Scoville. Stress-Free Day ended at 3 p.m. in time for dismissal.
This year, I reached out to Bedford High School for some assistance. Thanks to Alexis Duffy-Protentis, who is the Health, Science, and Peer Leader teacher, we had the pleasure of our own high school students: Samantha Sheahan, Lulu Steele, Ryan Ferrari, Andrew Blunt, Jayvon Williams, Sahil Raut, Lamees Radi, Mya Brewster, Kelly Aweh-Kisob, Gaby Zovko, Nicole Karev, Sally MacPhee, Aliki Patoucheas, and Elora Syed.
Besides the fun activities that included dance, watercolor painting, freeze dance, puppet making, Zentangle, and Origami, the kids enjoyed hearing the stories of how the juniors and seniors had fun when they were at Davis School.
Another successful Stress-Free Day in the books!
Karen Shamon is a second grade teacher at the Davis Elementary School.